Three Things Make A Post: August 17, 2020

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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August 17, 2020

  1. I read Harrow the Ninth last week and while I mostly enjoyed it, when I got to the end my main reaction was: I have questions, but there don’t seem to be any answers. It’s a psychotic fever-dream of a novel and it’s hard to keep the various plot threads straight–I felt like I needed to make a conspiracy theory wall to keep track. It was also just felt longer than Gideon the Ninth, which I adored, so I think Harrow needed to be more tightly edited. I much prefer Gideon’s narrative voice to Harrow’s–I felt like things picked up significantly when her voice came back into the narrative–so I don’t know what’s in store for Alecto the Ninth, which isn’t yet available for pre-order.
  2. I spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks organizing my watercolors and I found it to be an immensely satisfying process. I also aggressively tidied my art space and there’s way less junk in the way, so I feel like I have space to breathe. I’ve been doing a lot with color glazing and geometry and it is just so calming and I’m trying to make time every day to paint.

     

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  3. I have no idea how I missed this video in 2016, but it gave me a little bit of extra life today and it’ll probably annoy the crap out of most of you, so win-win:

Bonus: I’ve been thinking a lot about this question: Who are you without the doing? It’s surprisingly difficult to answer.

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